MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Hurriyet newspaper, police of the Turkish northwestern Kocaeli province detained all of the academics who were present at their home addresses at the time of the operation. Police are reportedly searching for the remaining nine out of the 21 accused.
The scholars are reportedly being charged with "terrorist propaganda" and insulting the Turkish nation and the state.
On Wednesday, Turkey's top higher education authority vowed to take measures against academics who signed the petition.
Violence in Turkey escalated in mid-2015, when the Turkish government launched a military campaign against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is outlawed in the country.